2. Board of Directors
3. Advisory Board and Committees
4. Pro Bono Service Providers
Paul Thiebaut III, CEO, Founder, Board Chair
Paul began a slow walk toward founding 10BH when he was held back in 2nd grade due to reading delays and predictably dropped out of high school in 1999.
In 2007, Paul began a private tutoring practice, the same year he earned his BA in Economics from San Jose State University. It was during this period of Paul’s life he conceived of an education nonprofit that could provide home tutoring to children whose parents could not afford it. After losing his mother to cancer in late 2008 and feeling constrained in a Master’s Program, Paul decided to take a risk. In 2009, he dropped out, starting collecting books to donate in East Palo Alto, and prepared and filed 10BH’s 501(c)(3) exemption application. It wouldn’t be until 2011 that Paul would become 10BH’s first part-time employee.
Paul’s motivation to start a nonprofit in East Palo Alto stems from experience and personal vision. Paul grew up just a couple cities away from East Palo Alto and had many friends who lived there; he knew many of the hardships they experienced. He also had experience working with youth in the community at the YMCA and College Track. Then, in 2007, Paul moved into East Palo Alto. As Paul learned more about the educational disparities in East Palo Alto, he became convinced that something needed to be done. His mission became to help children succeed by empowering children and parents in their homes. (Watch Paul present his vision to the Women's Club of Palo Alto)
As 10BH's founder and chief, Paul plays a role in nearly all aspects of the nonprofit's functions. Please visit his Linkedin account for details.
Natalie Cabral, Program Manager
Having grown up in East San Jose, Natalie is familiar with the educational struggles of low-income neighborhoods. Natalie struggled to master the basics of simple mathematics as an elementary student and is the first in her family to graduate from a university. Natalie graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Communications. Her background and experience in childhood development comes from five years of working with 5-11 years olds in afterschool and child care programs at the East Valley YMCA in San Jose. Natalie and 10 Books A Home united when she was assigned an article about 10BH for SJSU’s newspaper, the Spartan Daily. 5 months later, the CEO asked Natalie to join the team as 10BH’s first full time Program Manager. Read Natalie's article about 10BH.
As 10BH's Program Manager, Natalie is responsible for the recruitment, management, coordination, and support of Role Model lessons. This includes outreach, vetting, training, supporting, and managing Role Models as well as enrolling, registering, supporting, and managing families (in Spanish and English). Natalie regularly updates and maintains multiple databases and management tools, and works with the CEO to publish monthly case studies (known as Learner Spotlights) on children’s development as a result of being enrolled in 10BH.
Board of Directors
CFO and Board Member
Serge Ostrovski, ING Entertainment
Serge was born in Latvia and immigrated to the US in his early teens. He spent time growing up in some rough SF neighborhoods, but his parents were very insistent that education was a passport to a life full of options. If you asked his parents, Serge was destined to go to college. In 2007, he graduated with an accounting degree from SFSU and currently is employed as a senior revenue accountant. Serge has volunteered for 10BH as a board member and CFO since the nonprofit was founded in 2009.
Jonathan Thomas, College Track
Born in the Bay Area, Jonathan grew up in East Palo Alto during some of its worst years. He went to grade school and high school in East Palo Alto before going to Harvard University to obtain his undergraduate degree in English. Since Jonathan was thirteen, he has worked in a multitude of educational settings, working with children between the ages of preschool and high school.
Jonathan found out about 10 Books A Home through its founder Paul not long after its creation in July 2009. He has been an active member of the organization ever since, serving as a board member, preschool story time reader, Role Model, and event volunteer. Jonathan’s commitment to his community and his passion for education makes him a perfect fit with the mission and goals of 10BH. Currently, Jonathan is employed in the education and health care sectors.
Secretary of the Board
Korey Belanger, Broadcom
Korey Belanger has been volunteering with 10 Books A Home since September 2012 as the Social Media Coordinator. In this role, Korey helps develop and manage social media strategies on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram (with hopefully more outlets to come!). Korey joined 10BH's board in July 2013 and works with staff to accomplish key tasks and office responsibilities in addition to her role as the secretary of the board. Korey is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics and a minor in Spanish. She grew up as a Navy Brat and most recently moved from the Washington, D.C. area. With her love of books and experience with non-profits, she hopes to help make 10 Books A Home a household name.
Advisory Board and Committees
Debbie Lundquist, Luxe International
Debbie is a seasoned finance executive with over 25+ years experience in public accounting, technology, travel and retail. Prior to joining Luxe International, Debbie was CFO of a large publicly traded travel conglomerate (she was voted one of travels most powerful women) that was sold to expedia.com where she stayed on as COO of the acquired entity. As Vice President of Finance for the Gap Debbie managed a staff of 250 people and a budget of $250M and won an award for her leadership skills. Debbie started her career in public accounting and holds an inactive California CPA license. Debbie began supporting 10BH as a volunteer Role Model December 2012, and since June 2013 has stepped up her commitment to help 10BH develop a financial accounting system.
Paloma Lucas, Paloma Lucas Design
Paloma was born in Madrid, Spain and moved to the US in early adulthood. Paloma began her career in the financial field, but later found her true inspiration for art and has been a graphic artist for several years. Perhaps reflecting her Spanish heritage, Paloma's artistic energy comes from passion and intuition - which 10 Books A Home inspires in Paloma. As a mother, Paloma relates first hand to the fundamental importance of early childhood literacy to the children and society at large. Paloma's contributions to 10BH began in 2011 and have included logo design, brochures, stationery, posters, and the quarterly newsletter. She is delighted to be part of the 10BH team.
Kate Carey, Venture Communications
Kate is the 10 Books A Home newsletter editor, advisor, and a dedicated volunteer Role Model to her Learner Leo. As the newsletter editor, Kate reports on 10BH events, interviews featured volunteers and donors, reviews interesting research. Most of all, she loves bringing to life the stories that make 10BH so special in every newsletter. Kate has worked with Leo since April 2012, watching him and his family grow and learn together the whole way. She also participates in advisory sessions on 10BH programs and communications materials.
For money, Kate works as an Associate at New Venture Communications, a PR and marketing agency in San Mateo, CA. For fun, she now lives in San Francisco and spends her time cheering on the Giants, playing guitar, and generally adventuring around the city. Kate grew up in an amazingly supportive family in Palo Alto, CA and earned her BA in History from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Linnea Williams, Stanford University
Linnea is a product of Stanford University. She has her B.A. in Music and is gainfully employed by the university. She is currently manages client relations and project success for Stanford's central web development team, which includes facilitating project prioritization, task tracking, lots of friendly emailing, occasional web development, managing meetings, estimating project timelines, enjoying my awesome coworkers, etc. Linnea has been Role Modeling for 10BH since May 2013 and is currently helping the nonprofit perform a needs assessment for database development.
Photographer and Multimedia
Merritt Grooms, Merritt Grooms Photography
Merritt Grooms is an award winning photo journalist and film maker. She was the official photographer for the Northwest Emmy Awards, San Francisco International Music Festival, and a feature writer/photographer for The Bay Guardian. After traveling for 3 years across Africa, Central & South America, and SE Asia on her motorcycle and seeing the effects of illiteracy, she committed to educating at risk youth both at home and abroad. In addition to getting involved as 10BH's official photographer in June 2013, Merritt has been volunteering as a Role Model since April 2013.
Project Management Consultant
Leanne Abriani, Google and Rethink Projects
Leanne is from Australia and lived in London before moving to the Bay Area in 2011. She has been volunteering with 10 Books a Home since September 2012 as a Role Model and since March 2013 as a project management consultant. She has a lifelong love of reading and learning and is passionate about instilling this in the next generation.
Paul Thiebaut Jr., RPS
Paul Jr. began his volunteer work with 10BH by being a great listener as his son discussed his ideas for founding 10BH. Quickly, Paul Jr. increased his involvement by developing a website for the nonprofit. On October 18, 2009, Paul Jr. launched 10BH’s first website. As of 2013 and 2 website launches later, Paul Jr. is in the process of developing the fourth version of 10BH’s website. Paul Jr.’s devotion to helping 10BH succeed is just one of the qualities that make him a great father – and an iconic web developer.
Role Model Recruitment Committee
- Miriam Magana (49er Academy and current Role Model)
- Vanessa Ibarra (Bing Nursery School and current Role Model)
- Natalie Cabral (10 Books A Home and current Role Model)
Pro Bono Service Providers
Lisa Greenwald-Swire, Principal, Fish and Richardson
Lisa is an attorney in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson, a global intellectual property law firm. She and her all-star legal team have supported 10BH since 2012, and are thrilled with the impact that 10BH is making on early childhood education readiness. Ms. Greenwald-Swire's practice emphasizes trademarks and she is a member of the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Group. She has extensive law firm experience that includes U.S. and international trademark counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, trademark and copyright infringement, domain name disputes, and licensing issues. Fish & Richardson has represented 10BH performing search and registration of the following marks:
- 10 BOOKS A HOME
- BOOKHOUSE LOGO